I ran this survey in 2016. A summary of results and a link to the raw data is now published in the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society (pp 46-49).
I have been working for the last 18 months with a group of talented and committed people to accelerate conversion of subscription journals to open access. There are many barriers, and many pitfalls. For example, so-called “predatory” open access journals that take authors’ money and provide no quality control have gained considerable publicity and must […]
Although it is still a relatively rare occurrence, several journal boards have broken away from large commercial publishers. A good list is at the Open Access Directory. These journals usually are required to change their name, because the previous publisher will not relinquish it. They are cut off from the enormous support provided by large […]
Cameron Neylon, David Roberts and I have written a blog post with preliminary analysis. There are some interesting (I think) observations.
In recent discussions, an editor-in-chief of an Elsevier journal made the assertion that there is no point in going through the hassle of switching to an open access publishing option, because authors are allowed to post the final accepted version (“postprint”) publicly, for example at arXiv.org. Ignoring the rather cavalier attitude to readers (what if […]
I am running a survey (via Google Forms) on behalf of an international group of researchers and librarians interested in improving overall performance of the publication system in mathematics and other subjects. Its results will be made public later this year. We aim to get responses from a large and representative sample of the world […]
Today marks the end of an expensive and rewarding 5-week visit to Los Angeles. Most of it was vacation. We experienced some excellent museums (Petersen Automotive, Getty Center, La Brea Tar Pits) and the Santa Monica caught up with some old friends and colleagues, and spent a lot of time with many relatives. As expected, […]
I can’t do better than point you to a short list of readings by a very prominent OA advocate, Peter Suber.
In June and September I attended two contrasting political science conferences on the West Coast of the USA. PolNet 2015 was small (of the order of 100 attendees) and focused on political networks. APSA 2015 was huge (about 7000 attendees), covering all areas of the field, with many business meetings and other professional activities in […]
Here is a list of references that may be useful when considering barriers to open access. B.C. Bjork on Open Access – are the barriers to change receding? 2014 survey of Canadian Researchers’ Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours 2014 Taylor and Francis author survey 2015 NPG/Palgrave Macmillan author survey Registry of Open Access Mandates UNESCO Open […]